Update: I have updated the maps below with many of the helpful comments I received today. Thanks for taking the time to look this project over so closely. If you want to take another look at the maps to see the changes I have made, scroll down and click on the images.
I removed the hillshade from the north side of the map as I was unable to project it in the proper location. I will give that another try tomorrow, but if I can’t make it work, I will drop the hillshade from both sides of the map. It really doesn’t add too much usefull information anyway.
I am almost completely out of the 2009 edition of the Milwaukee by Bike map. We will print a new map as soon as I get the design finalized. Below you will find completed a draft versions of the 2011 edition. I changed a few things based on comments I got about the last map. I tried to fix all the errors I was aware of. I added a hill shade base layer to show elevations. I removed all “planned” facilities do to the impossibility of predicting when projects will be approved by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation.
There are a lot more bicycle “accommodations” around the county than there used to be. These are the result of the new complete streets laws that require municipalities to accommodate bicycle and pedestrians on road projects involving federal or state funds. The problem is that many of these municipalities will put in a 4ft shoulder, but they won’t put in the bike symbols, arrows or signs for a bike lane. So they meet the bare minimum of the law without having to call it a bike lane. I decided not to designate these bicycle facilities and instead identified them as “preferred streets.”
A good example of this is Forest Home Ave. In Milwaukee, the entire length of Forest Home has a bike lane. As soon as you hit Greenfield, they stop putting the bike symbols and arrows in the shoulder. So the road has the exact same cross-section. If you ride it, you get to stay in the same width shoulder, but Greenfield did not want to call that space a bike lane. So I decided not to label it as a bike lane, even though you really can’t feel the difference when you ride one segment versus the other.
Anyway, here are some PDFs of the new map. If you are interested, I would appreciate feedback. Even if you don’t live in Milwaukee, take a look and let me know what you think about the colors, the text on the map, the general cartography, the cover image, etc. If you do live in the are, let me know if I missed something, misspelled something, or whatever. It is hard to look at such a big image on a computer screen, but most of you won’t have plotters to print the map full size, so that is about the only way to review these files until I print the map (and then it is too late). I would appreciate any thoughts you have about the map though. As with the previous editions, the north part of the county is on one side of the map and the south side of the county will be on the other side.
Note that these are pretty big files, around 45mb each, so you they take a bit to download. You can zoom in on the images once they open and pan around to look at things in detail.